Rosalind Park fatality: Tributes left at site

Bendigo Police Sergeant Damian Keegan discusses the incident. Video: BRENDAN McCARTHY

EDITORIAL: Tree tragedy felt by entire community

REACTION: Community support flows for family

MESSAGE WALL: Show your support for the mother, family

UPDATE 4.45PM: Floral tributes to the four-year-old girl killed by the falling tree limb in Rosalind Park on Monday have been left at the site. 

One tribute reads: ''Tiya, we will miss you and love your always baby girl. XoXo.''

Another reads: ''To our gorgeous Princess... you'll forever be in our hearts. xoxoxoxoxoxo''.

UPDATE 9.15AM: Acting Inspector Paul Gardiner said police were liasing with City of Greater Bendigo and arborists to determine the cause of an incident yesterday where a four-year-old was killed by a falling tree. 

He said detectives were investigating and would prepare a report for the coroner. 

UPDATE 8.30AM: Council workers are currently lopping a tree, which killed a four-year-old girl and seriously injured her mother. 

Sergeant Damian Keegan says police are offering counselling to any witnesses, and is calling for anyone with information to come forward. 

Police would also like to speak to a woman who was on scene yesterday, to help police with their inquiries. 

City of Greater Bendigo acting chief executive Stan Liacos and mayor Barry Lyons will meet with media this morning to discuss the incident. 

UPDATE 8.15AM TUESDAY: A 31-year-old woman from Bendigo seriously injured in Bendigo's Rosalind Park remains in a stable condition at the Alfred Hospital. 

A hospital spokesman could not provide further detail. 

UPDATE 7.45PM MONDAY: Bendigo Health spokesman Shaun Makepeace said the mother would be taken by air ambulance tonight to a Melbourne hospital for treatment.

He said she was in a serious but stable condition with spinal injuries but could not confirm other injuries.

UPDATE 7.30PM: A witness has described how he heard 'crack, crash' before a tree limb weighing up to four tonne fell and killed a four-year-old girl and seriously injured her mother in Rosalind Park.

The grandfather was in the park with his wife and grandchildren.

He said no one would have had time to react as the tree branch fell.

''It went crack, crash - it wasn't a crack and then a crash. It was very close together,'' he said.

''It was just so quick, there was no time.''

UPDATE 7PM:  A four-year-old girl was killed and her mother seriously injured after a large tree limb weighing up to four tonnes fell on them in Bendigo's Rosalind Park.

Bendigo Police Sergeant Damian Keegan said the child and her mother were walking together when the accident happened.

"At approximately 5.15pm this afternoon, a mother and child were walking through the park and unfortunately a branch has fallen from one of the trees and as a result the child is deceased and the mother has been taken to hospital with serious injuries," Sergeant Keegan said.

Sergeant Keegan said he believed the mother had been taken to Bendigo Hospital with possible spinal injuries.

Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman Gabrielle Degenhardt said the woman in her 30s had a fractured leg, a head injury and a possible spinal injury.

Sergeant Keegan said it was too soon to tell whether recent high winds and temperatures had led to the tragedy.

"It’s early at the moment, we’re still going through doing our inquiries as to what’s caused this unfortunate tragedy," Sergeant Keegan said.

“Inquiries will be made by the relevant parties to ascertain the condition of the tree.”

He  said detectives were on scene assisting with the investigation and that the City of Greater Bendigo had been notified.

City of Greater Bendigo city futures director Stan Liacos said the child's death was "an absolute tragedy''.

"We at the city and I’m sure everyone in the greater Bendigo community have been shattered and saddened by this news,'' he said.

"Our deep and sincere heartfelt condolences are extended to the family at this time.

"We will liaise with emergency services to try to understand what happened to cause this tragedy.

"We will do a thorough inspection of the park and respond as needed

"At the moment, our highest priority is to extend care and thoughts to the family.''

Sergeant Keegan said the incident appeared to be "one of those unfortunate things... families are in the park enjoying a nice day and unfortunately… a young child has passed away.

“It’s unfortunate probably at any time of year but I suppose during the holiday season it hits home more.” 

He said people camping and walking in the bush should make sure they were aware of their surroundings.

"Given this time of year and given our severe weather we’re having, the heat and the winds, if you do go camping it’s likely to happen along the rivers, and people should make sure they’re aware of their surrounds when they’re walking through bushland,” he said.

UPDATE 6PM: An four-year-old girl is dead and her mother seriously injured after a tree branch fell on them in Bendigo's Rosalind Park.

Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman Gabrielle Degenhardt said a woman in her 30s had a fractured leg, a head injury and a possible spinal injury.

She will be flown to either the Royal Melbourne Hospital or the Alfred Hospital.

Paramedics are still on the scene.

EARLIER: A four-year-old girl is dead and a mother seriously injured after a tree branch fell on them in Bendigo's Rosalind Park.

Emergency services were deployed to Police Barracks Walk about 5.20pm.

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